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Local ‘Mammo’ Launches Int’l Film Fest Of India

Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal’s latest film, “Mammo,” will open the 26th International Film Festival of India in Bombay Jan. 10-20.

The choice of an Indian film is surprising in that the fest usually selects a foreign film as few are widely seen in the country. India’s own regional film output often makes a local choice a contentious one.

“Mammo’s” autobiographical script is the first penned by high-profile film journalist Khalid Mohammad. The story is set in three different periods – the present, the mid-’70s and 1947-48.

The festival’s Panorama of Indian Cinema offers a section of the best new feature films made over the previous year and is the main attraction for fest delegates from abroad.

Highlights include Tapan Sinha’s “Wheel Chair,” Ketan Mehta’s “Sardar,” Govind Nihalani’s “Drohkal” and K. Bikram Singh’s first feature, “Tarpan.”

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